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WITS and Partners Bring ‘Building Healthy Youth Relationships’ Workshop to Four Communities in BC

The BC RCMP, WITS Programs Foundation and Delta Police Department invite schools, police, Chief and Council, families and members of the community to join our engagement session.Come and learn about resources to build healthy relationships, resilience and youth actions.

By partnering together, we hope to identify needs specific to your community and to showcase the many child and youth programs available to build healthier communities.

Dates and locations:

  • Sep. 25th @ Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo – Full Details
  • Oct. 2nd @ Prince George Conference and Civic Centre, Prince George – Full Details
  • Oct. 8th @ Cloverdale Recreation Centre, Surrey – Full Details
  • Oct. 10th @ Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna – Full Details

Registration is free, lunch is provided.

To register, contact: E_Crime_Prevention@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Please provide your agency name, candidate name(s), position(s) and email.

For more information, contact: Sukhi Dhillon, sukhpreet.dhillon@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Pink Day founder joins WITS

 

The founder of internationally recognized Pink Shirt Day or Pink Day, has joined WITS!

Travis Price, co-founder of Pink Day (known in some jurisdictions as Pink Shirt Day) will work closely with the WITS Programs Foundation to bring both their messages to Canadian children in the coming 2019-2020 school year. It is a natural fit.

The original Pink Shirt Day was organized by David Shepherd and Travis Price of Berwick, Nova Scotia, who in 2007 bought and distributed 50 pink shirts after a male ninth grade student was bullied for wearing a pink shirt during the first day of school. The last Wednesday each February is now the national anti-bullying day in Canada. Over the past 12 years, Price has spoken at hundreds of Canadian schools and worked with over 100 countries to spread the Pink Day movement to stop bullying and embrace kindness.

The WITS strategies (Walk Away, Ignore, Talk it out, Seek help) for young children were brought forward in 1998 as a bullying-prevention program after the tragic death of Reena Virk in Victoria, BC. The University of Victoria assisted with evaluations and nation-wide dissemination under the leadership of child psychology professor Bonnie Leadbeater, PhD. WITS is now used in over 1200 Canadian schools, has crossed the border into the USA, and last year a group of researchers in Brazil worked with Leadbeater to create the Portuguese version of WITS, known as DIGA.

According to UNICEF’s 2017 report “Oh Canada! Our kids deserve better”, Canada ranks 25th place out of 41 rich countries on the Index of Child and Youth Well-being and Sustainability, and Canada’s middle ranking hasn’t improved in years.” Together, Travis Price and the WITS Programs Foundation will build on their collective successes to reduce bullying and create a more compassionate Canadian society.

A highly inspirational speaker, Travis Price is available to speak at schools across Canada. To book Travis for your school, contact WITS.

Welcome to the WITS Programs

Poster by Alex – South Broadview Elementary, Salmon Arm, BC

The WITS Programs bring together schools, families and communities to create safe responsive environments to help elementary school children deal with bullying and peer victimization. We started 20 years ago in Victoria, BC and are now in schools in every province and territory. In a 2016 report from Dalhousie University, WITS was judged to be the best program of its kind in Canada.

The WITS Vision is that all children are living, learning and playing in safe and responsive communities.

THE WITS Mission is to create capacity in communities to promote safety & healthy relationships.

Are the WITS Programs a good fit for your school and community?

WATCH a 4 1/2 minute introductory video here.

“WITS is a program that provides essential support to staff and students in the school setting.” says Georgina Henderson, School Counsellor, Clarence Jaycox School, KEE TAS KEE NOW TRIBAL COUNCIL EDUCATION AUTHORITY, Red Earth Creek, Alberta

The WITS Programs are supported by the WITS PROGRAMS FOUNDATION, a registered charity. Our donors include SHAW, Victoria Foundation, Vancouver Foundation and you can DONATE HERE through our Canada Helps Connection.Or to find our more about becoming a sponsor contact Andy Telfer executive director of the WITS Programs Foundation at 250-386-7625 or at exec@witsprogram.ca.

New Cyberbullying Prevention Resource

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New Teaching Resources:

WITS LEADerS RESOURCE MANUAL

by Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater

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Video: Social Emotional Learning Resources – WITS in Motion

This online education initiative is a non-verbal dance film, so it ‘speaks’ to everyone. The film promotes positive relationships, peaceful resolution of peer conflict and the spectrum of social emotional learning skills. It is available for streaming to parents, caregivers and educators everywhere at www.witsinmotion.ca.